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Ex-Sen. Craig loses bid to dismiss FEC lawsuit

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge is refusing to dismiss a Federal Election Commission lawsuit accusing former Sen. Larry Craig of misusing $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.

Craig contends that the airport bathroom trip fell under his official duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work.

But U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a ruling Thursday that neither the charge nor the underlying conduct had anything to do with Craig's official duties.

The Idaho Republican was arrested by an undercover police officer conducting a sting operation at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. After his arrest and guilty plea to disorderly conduct later became public, Craig tried unsuccessfully to reverse his conviction.

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